Thursday, 24 May 2018

Gertie goes back to Greenhill Farm Leisure Park

Chief and I first went to Greenhill Farm Leisure Park back in April 2017.  Given that Chief has to drive down from Middlesbrough and we usually only have 2 nights to get away, we look to stay at places local to me in Oxfordshire.  The place we'd normally gone to was booked up and this had made Chief look for somewhere else. We liked it so much we knew we'd go back.

The Leisure Park can accommodate tents, caravans and motor homes. There is a well stocked shop for the essentials you may have forgotten, as well as an on site cafe (The Batch Cafe) and even a beauty salon. As Gertie is a motor home and we have no alternative transport we always aim to stay places where we can set up camp and then not move her until it's time to pack up and go home.

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Gertie on our pitch

With several lakes (used for fishing) and a river and canal nearby - not to mention plenty of farm land to explore there was plenty to keep us entertained for a couple of days.

After we'd set up camp we decided to go for a walk and head in the general direction of the pub - The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow. Last time we'd visited the site we'd done a circular walk that took in this pub. Although we'd arrived too early for it to be open. Which was surprising because it had taken us forever to walk there, it was hard to believe it wasn't yet lunch time. We'd gone wrong some how and knew we had to cross the canal and so had followed the line of the canal looking in vain for somewhere to cross. This time we found a more direct and nicer route and even better the pub was open.


Walking from Greenhill Leisure Park to The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow for a pint


Walking from Greenhill Leisure Park to The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow for a pint


Walking from Greenhill Leisure Park to The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow for a pint


Walking from Greenhill Leisure Park to The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow for a pint

Walking from Greenhill Leisure Park to The Rock of Gibraltar at Enslow for a pint


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After a cider (I'm not really a drinker, but I've not developed a taste for Thatchers Haze!) we walked back to our pitch and Chief cooked us dinner.

First night dinner
Burger on a field mushroom topped with halloumi and onion

We'd been told there were hares at dusk in the field behind the children's play area so we went off with our cameras to see if we could spot some. I do love hares big time. So it's always a joy to see them.

Hares at dusk Hares at dusk


Day 1
Sundown on a lovely first day.

The next morning we decided rather than cook breakfast we'd try breakfast at the on site Batch cafe. It was so lovely to be able to sit outside in the sun and eat. The interior of the cafe looked great too.


The Batch Cafe
Inside The Batch Cafe
The batch cafe The batch cafe
Mushrooms on toast - yum! and breakfast tea

It was a big day with the Royal wedding and we couldn't get a TV signal, so I'd given up hope of watching any of it. But then Chief managed to hook his ipad up to his mobile 4G and we sat outside Gertie and watched Meghan arrive and walk up the aisle. We smiled through Michael Curry's speech and then got a tad bored.

Watching the Royal Wedding 
There were tears in my eyes as I watched this and I
don't usually get emotional at weddings!

It was such a lovely day and we were itching to get out for a walk and (another Thatcher's Haze!) so we headed back to The Gibraltar Arms at Enslow.  We were still full from breakfast, which we'd had quite late, otherwise we'd have had lunch at the pub. We just shared a bowl of chips and then decided we'd walk on along the canal to Thrupp where we could get an ice cream at Annie's Tea Rooms.

IMG_5717d IMG_5716c Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay


Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay
The Oxford Canal in Heyford direction

Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay
The Oxford Canal in Thrupp direction

Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay

Circular walk from Bletchingdon via Enslow, Thrupp and Hampton Gay
canal side home dreams - imagine being able to eat and relax
here overlooking the canal!


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Bunting at Annie's Tea Rooms at Thrupp

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Crossing a bridge at Hampton Gay
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Roe deer back at Bletchingdon


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I came back from the walk hot and sweaty, but thankfully Greenhill Farm has great washing facilities.  It was nice to then sit outside Gertie with my book (Although the family in the next pitch did like to have Radio 2 blaring away all the time, which I found a bit distracting.) Later Chief cooked us fillet steak (Which to be honest neither of us wanted - do you lose your appetite in the hot weather?)

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This duck came to see us when we set up pitch and then
would come back to check on us periodically. 

Around Greenhill Farm Leisure Park, Bletchingdon
goslings

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Sundown on another great day.

 Before we knew it thought it was time to pack up and go home. Neither of us really wanted to and could have happily stayed on for a few more days. We will just have to go back soon!


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